Asia-Pacific Region Making Gains against Poverty, but other Millennium Development Goals Still Out of Reach
A new assessment from the United Nations indicated that while countries in the Asia-Pacific region have already met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the incidence of poverty (people living on less than $1.25 per day), “shocking” numbers of children continue to die before their fifth birthday and thousands of mothers die unnecessarily in childbirth. In 2010 more than three million children died before the age of five. Less than three years remain to achieve the MDGs and without further assistance, some countries, particularly in South Asia, are unlikely to reach the MDGs related to hunger, and child and maternal mortality.
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